Does Beachbody Actually Work? First-Hand Review

I have been in your shoes, searching the internet for all things Beachbody and first-hand testimonials. Does Beachbody work? Can you lose weight with Beachbody? What does a Beachbody Coach do for you? Is joining Beachbody worth it?

Take a breath and relax. In this article, we will go over all the answers to your questions and so much more. I can answer all the questions you have running around in your head right now.

I won’t pretend it is for everyone, and I will go over a few cons of the program because nothing is perfect or a one-size-fits-all…even in a world where it claims to be.

I quit coaching Beachbody for a reason, and the myth of MM isn’t a myth. I will get more into this down below!

Beachbody Review

Offer Women A Community

When you join, your coach will usually put you into some Facebook group or group right on the Beachbody app. This helps create a sense of community and is great for accountability.

It is nice to talk to other girls doing the program; you can bounce motivation or suggestions back and forth.

It can be a bit much at times since most coaches will try to post interactive stuff every day, but this will depend on your personality as if you find this a positive or negative.

Some people like that, and others respond once or twice a week; it’s up to you!

You can always mute the group on Facebook.

Accountability

If you are looking for a coach to hold you accountable, vet them first.

Look at their social media (typically Instagram) and see if they might have a website. This will give you insight into their personality, how they run their programs and if you think you will mesh with them.

It is common in this community to sign up under a coach, thinking it will help you with your wellness goals, only to find out they aren’t a good fit with your personality, and you have to wait until your contract due date is up to switch to another one. Unfortunately, you can’t end your yearly contract early, so you are stuck.

Finding the right coach will benefit you and your fitness journey the most. Each coach runs their program differently and will have different resources for you. But each coach is trained by the same company.

Vet your coach’s Instagram or tick tok platform of choice and see how they interact with others, and take some time to watch their natural personality shine through.

You can also hit up their DMs to get an in-depth insight into their type of person and the interaction you can expect.

Beachbody Programs

One of the things that first stood out to me when I joined Beachbody was the number of programs and wide variety of programs. There are over 1,800 workouts available and over 70 fitness programs.

Each program is unique and varies in workout time and overall length of program time. For example, some programs are four weeks, some are six weeks, and some are even 90 days! You can check out how long precisely each program is before you choose to commit to that program.

Workout times vary anywhere from 10min+, and you can choose a program that fits your time restrictions.

They put out new programs periodically, allowing you to try something new.

They have programs made for everyone, and you can choose them based on what is most important to you. So, for example, if you want to start slow and dip your toes into working out again, pick a program where the videos are 20 – 30 minutes.

With that being said, they count stretching and “mobility” programs as workouts, so the total program number is a bit skewed.

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Does Beachbody offer programs for beginners or those who haven’t worked out in a long time?

Yes.

A few workout series are designed as a prep course before diving deep into the more advanced program.

Example: Start with the MBF and then do MBFA
You can do The Prep and then move on to The Work.

In almost all of the videos, some modifiers will show you more accessible alternatives to moves that may be difficult to do at first.

However, if you are older or someone who isn’t the most athletic, I would stick with going to the gym and having an in-person trainer teaching you proper form and technique, or you will hurt yourself.

Is Beachbody suitable for in-shape people?

I am going to say yes and no.

I have been an athlete my whole life and have always had fitness be a part of my daily routine.

With that being said, a few different programs challenged me, but you can only do the same programs repeatedly so many times. If you follow them all, you can go through the challenging ones in under a year, and then you have to repeat them.

Yes, they come out with new programs, but they won’t always be challenging to those who already do more intense videos. Some more recent programs won’t be the best option for those already in good shape and are a big waste of time.

My advice would be to take the programs and make them challenging in whatever way you can, with heavier weights or resistance bands with weight. You can make it more challenging if you get creative.

Test Groups

Each program goes through a test group before it is released to the public.

The test groups are done by people with the coaches in person, so it is a bit of a different ball game than someone starting new doing the program virtually.

When you do the videos, you do it with groups that have already gone through the entire program and are trained for all the moves.

Which Beachbody Program Has The Best Results?

The results will directly result from the effort you put into the videos and what weight you use.

What Will Beach Body Programs Help You Burn Fat?

I would check out the options below if you need help with where to start.

  1. 80-Day Obsession.
  2. The Work
  3. PiYo.
  4. LIIFT4. For those who don’t have the time to work out every day — a requirement of some Beachbody programs — LIIFT4 promises amazing results in just four days a week. …
  5. Focus T25.
  6. MBF or MBFA

What Beachbody Program Should I Start With?

Talk with your doctor, not with the coach you signed up with. They don’t have their license or a degree to help you safely pick out a program.

Can You Do Beachbody When You’re Pregnant?

I am not a medical professional and am not giving out medical advice, but I have seen people do it.

Beachbody On Demand

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When you sign up for Beachbody, you also get access to Beachbody On Demand. This is a streaming portal (app) where you can access ALL of the programs.

You can put the B.B. on-demand on your Amazon fire stick, stream it through your phone or computer, or even download workouts onto your Ipad! You can’t download the programs anywhere else not, not even on an iPhone.

Believe it or not, I use my phone the most for work, so it’s. It’s nice to have a backup at the gym if most of the equipment is being used. It’s like an alternative to youtube or Pinterest workouts…however, both of those have free options; just saying.

Since you pay for a year at a time, make sure you want to use it for an entire year, or you will be stuck like me, paying for a gym membership while finishing my Beachbody membership.

Do The Beachbody Products Work?

Much like any other workout supplement, using these can be very beneficial; however, if you currently have a brand that works for you, you can also stick with that.

I will review a few Beachbody alternative supplements when I go over their top-sold products.

Shakeology

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You can choose to get this every month in a subscription, and it’ll run you a little bit over $100, or you can purchase it individually, which will run you over $130.

Shakeology is offered in both regular and vegan formulas.

They do unique flavors throughout the year, one of my favorites being their salted caramel.

A protein supplement is a perfect thing to have after your workout to help you recover and will help you build lean muscle. However, I can tell the difference between using it and not using it.

Much like with any protein powder, you can use the powder to make hundreds of different shake recipes, and you can also use it to make stuff like muffins, protein balls, and so much more! Again, a quick Google or Pinterest search will steer you toward recipes.

Con to Shakeology

I’m not going to lie; Shakeology is expensive A.F. The bag gets auto-shipped each month, and before I canceled the monthly subscription, I was backed up by about three bags. I didn’t use a bag per month, and I don’t know who does because I was even sharing it with my fiance.

One bag runs you over $100, one of the most expensive on the market.

Coaches preach it because they were preached to buy it themselves.

The funny thing is…when all the coaches are drinking Shakeology and selling Shakeology, guess who makes more money? Beachbody.

I was told when I started that you CAN be a coach without drinking Shakeology, but no one has ever been successful without drinking it because you can’t sell it if you don’t believe in it.

If you are looking to save a few bucks, I suggest a few of the following Shakeolgy alternatives.

Energize

Mixed Berry Energize

Energize is said to be used before you work out to help sharpen your focus, push harder, and last longer—but beware, you will sweat a bit more! And by a bit more, I mean a ton more. It’s a bit embarrassing but might not affect you!

Available in a 40-serving tub or 32 single-serving stick packs, and comes in different flavors.

Other benefits include:

  • Increase energy and endurance
  • Improve intense exercise performance
  • Sharpen focus and reaction time
  • Increase muscle power output
  • Delay exercise-induced muscle fatigue

Energize is like any other pre-workout powder you can find on Amazon or at the store. Any pre-workout powder will give you the same benefits as above.

Cons to energize

Spilling the powder will stain the surface it falls on, or at least that has been my experience. It has ruined a few of my water bottles by staining them yellow.

It is a bit pricy; a tub will run you $50 + S&H unless you subscribe in save, in which case you are looking at around $40.

Energize is a pre-workout supplement; you can find cheaper ones that give you the same effect.

Energize alternatives:

Other Beachbody Nutrition Products

Energize and Shakeology is the most used product within the community, but they offer so many more.

Below is a list of the other nutrient supplements Beachbody has to offer:

  • Focused Energy BEVVY: similar to crystal light. It helps cravings and snacking while also giving you an extra jitter-free energy boost, mimicking what crystal light does.
  • BEACH BAR: flavored snack bars not made with too much sugar or too many carbohydrates.
  • Beachbody Collagen Boost: this helps replenish your collagen levels to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, increase skin elasticity, and support healthy nails.
  • ActiVit® Multivitamin Formula: Get the high-quality vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body needs to stay healthy while reaching your fitness and weight-loss goals.

This info is from their website directly; honestly, you can find cheaper alternatives in stores near you. They push their products and label them differently as part of a marketing tactic, and they have shown to be pretty successful at it.

By no means are any of the products harmful; they are just a bit pricy, and you shouldn’t feel obligated like you HAVE to buy them to see results.

How To Become A Beachbody Coach

The most common way one becomes a Beachbody coach is by signing up to coach under their current coach. But, again, not going to sugarcoat it; Beachbody is an MLM program; there is just no other way around it.

Another option is to sign up as a Beachbody coach on your own.

Applicants must meet these requirements:
*Be at least 18 years of age.
*Reside in the U.S., U.S. Territories, Canada, United Kingdom, France, or a country where Beachbody has officially announced it’s open for business.
*Have a valid Social Security, Social Insurance Number, or Federal Tax ID number (U.K. Coaches are excluded from this requirement)
*Purchase a Coach Business Kit (except in any location where the kit is not required, such as for U.S. Coaches who reside in  North Dakota).
*Submit a correctly completed and executed online Coach Application and Agreement to Beachbody.

Enrolling Coaches are required to provide their credit card information to sign up; however, some Coaches may be eligible for an exception to future business service fees, such as in the case those U.S. Coaches applying for the military waiver, non-profit organizations enrolling as a U.S. Coach and U.S. Coaches who are residents of North Dakota.

If you choose this route, you will continue to make income based on the coaches you get to sign up under you and the girls they get to sign up under them.

You can also commission the girls you get to do the programs (who don’t wish to coach) and a percentage off of all the supplements they buy, hence why supplements and products are pushed at you from the start.

When I first signed up with the coach, I would have done this vs. signing up under someone else and making them more money. You want to be at the top of the pyramid calling the shots, not in the middle or bottom, always working for someone else.

Something important to also note is if you ever decide to leave the squad you signed up under and want to coach under another coach or start your stem, your coach who you initially signed up under now retains and gets all of your clients/ signups (that you worked your ass off to get) as their own! This means you are starting over and losing all your rankings within the company.

Can You Make Money As A Beachbody Coach?

Like I told you at the start of this article, I will be transparent with you—only a small. A percentage of people make money from Beachbody, and most people lose money at the end of the year.

Here are some cold hard statistics surrounding MLMs:

  • About 99% of people who join multilevel marketing companies lose money
  • Only one person in every 545 people made money after taking away expenses. 997 people out of 1000 admitted to losing money, meaning only three people in 1000 made a profit
  • 90 – 99% of distributors in multilevel marketing only receive a couple of hundred dollars in commission per year.
  • Not many people continue with MLM past the first year. Reasons for this include low commission or considerable expense, which most people don’t want to pay. 

While many like to tell you they are business owners, they are not. A business owner doesn’t need to check in with their upline, and business owners have a say in what they are selling and for how much…Beachbody “coaches” do not.

Suppose you can’t have a say in simple things like changing the company name, creating the social media strategy, and picking branding colors. Or what you get paid, you aren’t more than a sales rep.

Business Expenses

One of the main reasons people don’t make money with MLM like Beachbody is the cost of running your business.

This is important because each person has to sell many subscriptions and products per month or rankings within the community can be dropped. It’s not a business model where once you earn an order, it’s with you and your team forever. This is the literal backbone business model of MLM.

You will be charged per month off the bat, but you can go in and cancel them at any time. I didn’t realize all of these were getting charged monthly until like year. And this company is the king of not wanting to give refunds.

Here’s a breakdown of what you will be spending when you sign up to be a Beachbody coach:

  • Initial signup is $140 (make you sign up with a challenge pack to save money or it’s more)
  • The business fee is $15.95 per month
  • A bag of Shakeology per month is $97.46
  • Beachbody Nutrition + Membership $14.96 per month
  • Energize $37.46 per month
  • Ultimate restart packs range from $200-$350

Something to note is if you do decide to cancel your coach membership, that fee you were getting charged (the $15.95) will change to a “preferred customer” fee for the same amount.

Can You Win Free Trips As A Beachbody Coach?

NO, and it was the most manipulated factor pushed towards me because the coach I signed up under knew I originally joined the Beachbody community to connect with other women.

If you EARN your spot at the top level, they give you up to $1,200 in room credit, but you still have to pay for airfare, excursions, food expenses, and any additional room cost. And you have to be of a particular high ranking even to qualify, which means you have to sign up five people consecutively for months on end on top of signing up coaches under you.

I signed up as a coach, initially thinking I would get to go on trips with other girls in my group for free and that it would be a good bonding experience, but I was SO wrong. You can’t go into ANY retreat or girls’ trip if you don’t sell, or I mean sign up, five girls each month consecutively to build your rank in the company on top of signing up coaches under different legs. So if you just wanted to go and pay your way, you can’t; you don’t even get invited.

My vision of joining a girl gang slowly fizzled, and reality hit. I got duped into thinking I was joining an actual kick-ass girl gang where you got to share common interests of working out and meeting IRL to go on girls’ trips. But I couldn’t even partake in such girls’ trips because I wasn’t signing up people per month consecutively and didn’t have the rank to qualify to go.

The emphasis is on consecutively here, folks, because you can have signups per month for 15 straight months, and if you miss singing sooner up the next month, you go back down to zero and lose your ranking.

If someone you have signed up for doesn’t renew or skips on buying products, you lose them towards your monthly/weekly income required, which is needed to keep your rank.

So you have to make sure your current clients stay clients and constantly focus on adding clients and coaches under you per month.

Here’s how the rankings work:

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Is Beachbody Passive Income?

Here is an example of the BAT you are expected to follow daily. Oh, don’t think you can’t do it either, your coach who signed you up as a coach can see your BAT activity online, and they don’t approve of doing your BAT through the old-school pen and paper. They tell you to do it online to track your activity, which means they can tell when you are or aren’t doing it and when you are logging in. It feels like you are in school or an employee who has to check into a boss.

Who in the heck has time to do all of that? On top of that, you have a Monday company-wide training, group zoom training, live zoom workouts, and unique one-on-one or small group training, to name a few.

On top of that, you are encouraged to write down conversations you have with people in your inbox and put them into columns in a notebook. These columns are labeled as possible leads, active leads, and good potential leads to be coaches who can earn money under one of your legs. You put down people’s names and usernames with notes of the last conversations you had and are encouraged to go back and keep the discussion going. Always end your talk with questions, so they have to reply, thus creating (in my opinion) a false sense of friendship.

You are encouraged to keep conversations in your inbox for at least an hour a day to build “trust” and thus eventually give them the pitch.

You are also encouraged to go through your story views and write down people you notice watching your stories regularly. You are then encouraged to reach out to them with the oh-so-subtle “So I noticed you’ve been viewing my stories lately. Are you interested in what I do”? or “I noticed you like many of my posts; are you also into wellness?”

Do Beachbody Coach Buy Followers?

I can’t speak for everyone, but I know most of them to do.

An excellent way to look is to peek at their interactions. For example, if they have over 33K but are only getting a few hundred likes, odds are at least half of their following is bought.

So why do people buy followers?

Well, for one, it looks authoritative. Second, it is a recruiting tactic to make you think you will gain and grow followers just like they did by joining their team.

It also works as a tactic to make people think they are successful. Indeed if someone has that many followers, they must be killing the coaching game and are probably rolling in money. Wrong. Followers on Instagram don’t always equate to sales or high social engagement.

Additionally, it works as a way to sell their wellness success. Having followers must mean they are doing something right because you would assume all those followers like to watch their wellness journey, and they must be clients who are living their best healthy life.

Beachbody and Personal Development

Part of the program is to spend ten minutes a day reading, listening, or practicing personal development.

The groups on Facebook have topics centered around personal development, and it is a habit that I still practice to this day!

Everyone in the groups helps support one another, and you can benefit mentally from the conversation.

Beachbody Hybrid Groups

If you find yourself stuck in a situation where you aren’t a fan of your coach or the community you signed into, have no fear.

You can search out many hybrid groups; the easiest to find is on Facebook.

These groups are misfits who do programs in their way and follow their path.

It is an excellent resource for those who beat to their drum but still want people to bounce ideas off of, and it is a great resource to get advice from.

These groups are great for learning about new programs and can be intertwined, hence the hybrid group.

Alternative Beachbody Product Avice

You will also find cheaper alternatives to products and supplements on these pages. Most coaches will hate these pages because not buying Beachbody products directly affects their commissions.

Beachbody products aren’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, though, due to them being a bit pricey or even the taste might not be the best.

These groups make it very helpful.

Cardio + Beachbody Program Info

One of the things I love about these groups is that women in here do some workout that isn’t part of the Beachbody programs, such as cycling, running, pilates, or even skiing.

Girls will post their schedule of programs with their cardio or other workout studios, and it can help those who don’t just go by the programs exclusively.

Why Do People Quit Beachbody?

Each person has their own reason for quitting things, but I can guess why most people decide to walk away.

Injuries

This might be my biggest issue with MLM, like Beachbody. As I said, they are NOT certified in physical fitness or personal training. Yes, you might find one or two who are, but for the most part, they aren’t.

On top of this, you are doing the workouts on your own, so you don’t have a trainer there to correct you when you have bad form, which is the number one reason injuries happen. The trainers in the videos do an excellent job explaining what your paper should be, but hearing about good form and practicing good condition with someone there to correct you are two very different things.

You Aren’t Working With Professionals.

Besides what we discussed about them not being the best to suggest workouts, they aren’t doctors or nutritionists and shouldn’t tell you what type of meal plan to follow.

You should follow many different variants of the meal plan and the number of calories you need. You should seek professional advice from someone who can go over your meal plan in-depth with you and explain scientifically why it will work best for you. Here’s a question to ask yourself. Would you ask your friend or coworker what the best meal plan is for you to follow?

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